North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1333: September 25, 2013
eNews is a weekly electronic newsletter sent to all GP practices (with email addresses) within the NEV catchment. The aim is to provide up to date information relevant to GPs and to disseminate the latest activities and resources from the division. All feedback and enquiries welcome and should be addressed to Patty Marshall. You can also visit our website at:
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In this issue:

Editorial                                                Full survey results available

Chronic Disease Management            Primary Care Prevention Coordinator        

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Clinical Vaccinology Update

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News    

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter      

Paediatrics                                           Diagnosing and Managing Food Allergies in Primary Care

Women’s Health                                  Women with epilepsy          

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Full survey results available

The Division has now collated the survey results from nearly 60 returns and more have since been received. As indicated in last week’s editorial the results are both consistent and often comprehensive in the examples they cite. The full Survey can be reviewed by clicking here. The attendance at Division sponsored CPDs remains as high as ever, the satisfaction expressed by those GPs and practice staff attending these events remains as high as ever. With GPs providing 85% of all primary care it is concerning that the survey responses still demonstrate a very limited engagement with the Medicare Local. As promised, the Division has forwarded the survey results to the NMML Board and remains ready to not only identify concerns of GP members but to promote and support sustainable policies of engagement.


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Chronic Disease Management

Primary Care Prevention Coordinator

A position has become available for the role of Primary Care Prevention Coordinator within the Life! team at Diabetes Australia- Victoria.  A position description is available here. For queries please call Kim Nell on 9667 1771. Applications should be sent to by COB Friday 27 September 2013, quoting position number 6025.


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Continuing Professional Development

Travel Medicine - Head to the TROPICS

Saturday 19th October 8.30am – 5pm at The Pullman, 65 Queens Road, Albert Park. Response code: 302. See here (password: tropics2013) for more information and registration.


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Clinical Vaccinology Update

Monday 2nd December 8.30am-3.30pm at SPOT Basement Theatre, Carlton. See here for more information and registration.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Don’t worry about “eHealth Summaries” yet (both MD and BP)

In its current form the eHealth Shared Health Summary and the eHealth referrals are best described as dog’s breakfasts where all history items, except “confidential’ items are included. The division has bought up this issue with HCN with a resultant healthy discussion. NEHTA too has set up a “Clinical Usability Program” to look at the “usability issues of the eHealth summaries. Hopefully we will see some vastly improved content for the eHealth summaries. So, for the moment, don’t lose any sleep for not doing and shared heath summaries – there is still a lot of work to be done on the content. Once that has occurred and they become more meaningful, we’ll let you know.


This week’s MD problem - Should I be creating the eHealth “Shared Health Summary”?

Question:  I am worried that I haven’t yet created a “Shared Health Summary” for any patients?

Answer: Similar question as last week but the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) is holding working parties to provide software vendors with further advice for the structure of Shared Health Summaries.  Given that in its current form, the eHealth Shared Health Summary and the eHealth referrals are best described as dog’s breakfasts where all history items, except “confidential’ items are included, it is probably best, at this stage, to put your worriers on the backburner. Just adopt a wait and see position.


General Computer Tip - Creating a signature in Outlook 2010

1.      Open Outlook and click on the New email button – this will lead you to the area where you create a new email.

2.      Click on the down arrow head of the Signatures icon and select Signatures.

3.      Click on the New button and when prompted give a name to your signatute and click OK.


Type into the text area what you want to appear in your signature - like name, organisation and contact details.

5.      Click OK when complete.


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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA keen to get to work with new Abbott ministry; GP teaching incentive payment to double; Practice Nurse Incentive Program - What do you think?; New privacy laws on the way; Medical Journal of Australia - Latest Edition out now; Doctors' health - who's looking after you?; Understanding the Military Experience - Latest Training Course from the DVA; Hospital in the Home - 6th Annual Scientific Conference - 2013


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter is here.


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Diagnosing and Managing Food Allergies in Primary Care - How to limit the need for a specialist

Tuesday 22nd October 7-9pm (Finger food will be served from 6.30) at Ella Latham Theatre, The Royal Children’s Hospital. Find out more and register online.

Registration enquiries: South West Melbourne Medicare Local (03) 8731 6504,


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Women’s Health

Women with epilepsy

As part of the GP Epilepsy Education Program from ThinkGP, this feature discusses the impact of epilepsy and its treatment on women in the childbearing years. Areas covered include contraception, labour, pregnancy and lactation and the impact anti-epileptic drugs may have on a developing foetus and baby. Click here.


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Positions vacant/wanted

Please note: only new ads or resubmitted ads will be posted here. All other ads can be found on the website


Positions vacant


Craigieburn - GP's needed for brand new medical centre in large new shopping complex. F/T or P/T. Great modern facilities and support. Nursing, on site Pathology and Allied Health services. Contact Leanne on 0407 528 288 or


Heidelberg - busy family friendly practice is looking for a part- time/full time VR GP. The practice is computerised, fully accredited, with a practice nurse and supportive, friendly staff. With on-site pathology, dietician and psychologist and a sessional paediatrician and psychiatrist consulting on a regular basis. Working hours and terms are flexible. Please contact Dr Jean McMullin on 9459 1100 or email,


Ivanhoe Medical Clinic - Opportunity for Part Time VR GP to join the Ivanhoe Medical Clinic. 3-5 sessions and 1 in 8 Sat/Sun mornings. Modern, 11 GPs, supportive colleagues & full time nurses, flexible, friendly, no A/Hs, good remuneration. Contact :- Dr.Stephen D Smith or Dr David Doig on 9499 1245.


Keon Park - Doctors wanted. Southern Cross Care Macleod is relocating to a new 96 bed facility in Keon Park. They are seeking GP’s with an interest in aged care to join their team. They are offering consulting room, medical director available, nursing staff to assist you and accompany you when you visit, designated visiting times. Please call Barbara Stacpoole Manager 9434 4555/0419 165 758 if you wish to discuss further or would like to view the facility.


Mill Park - PVCH GP Super Clinic - Plenty Valley Community Health is requiring Full time/Part Time VR Female or Male GPs to join our brand new family orientated bulk billing clinic. This modern purpose built clinic is supported by friendly practice staff, nurses, allied health and on site pathology. For more information, please contact our Practice Manager, Cathy on 0419 314 839 or via email


Montmorency - Busy, long-established practice seeks a full-time or part-time GP for GP owned family practice. Fully computerized, mixed billing, accredited, practice nurse support and friendly staff. Pathology services on site. Hours negotiable, with Saturday morning roster. No after hours or public holidays. Contact: Kay 9435 1144, Email: Website:


Rosanna Medical Centre - Doctor owner retiring. Long standing, accredited, computerised practice requires new owner. Please call 9435 1191 for details.


Practice staff

Bundoora - Practice Nurse DV 1, required for a busy family practice, to work with nursing team. Position - maternity relief and holiday leave cover, Thursdays and Fridays 8 - 4.30. Experience in triage, wound care, childhood immunisations and health assessments required. Moderate computer skills necessary. Commence October. Call Jan Allen 9467 1444 or email


North Coburg - General Practice Nurse RN (Div 1) – Full time or part time. Energetic proactive PN required with experience in recalls, health assessments, chronic disease management, EPC’s and general treatment room duties including sterilisation of instruments and cold chain management. Experience is also essential in Childhood Vaccination and Wound Care. Must be organized and computer literate; an understanding of Best Practice and Practice 2000 preferred. To apply please email your CV to


Positions wanted

Medical receptionist - looking for work. With 20 years customer service experience in current employment as a Personal Banker at Westpac. Recently completed Certificate III in Business Administration Medical at NMIT Preston. Please contact Micki Ewing on 0434 382 342.


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A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get 6.

A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.

The wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"

He replied, "They had avocados."


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And remember


            Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.